5 Lindale churches join to support 2 East Texas non-profits

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Released by Christ Central Church:

LINDALE, TX - The churches of Lindale are coming together this Christmas season to help fill both the Food Bank and the Blood Bank at a time when the shelves at both are being quickly depleted.

On December 9, 10 & 11, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm the Pastors of Lindale invite everyone to experience the birth and life of Christ at Lindale's Drive-Thru Nativity on the campus of Christ Central Church, Hwy 16, 2.5 miles east of Hwy 69. Guests will experience the events surrounding Christ's birth, ministry and life through dramatic scenes complete with full-scale buildings, outdoor sets, and actors in costume.

One unique feature of the Lindale Drive-Thru Nativity is that it will be a tri-lingual presentation with each scene presented in English with written Spanish translation and American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf.

Guests are asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item per person to donate to the East Texas Food Bank which supplies four food pantries in Lindale and 200 other agencies in 26 East Texas counties.

After viewing the presentation, guests will be asked to make an appointment to donate blood during the Holiday Season at one of Carter BloodCare's mobile drives or fixed locations. During the winter holidays, the need for blood is up while donating blood is traditionally down. The churches of Lindale want to ensure that everyone will have the blood they need here in East Texas for surgeries, injuries and necessary medical treatments.

Honorary Chairmen include Jim Mallory, Mayor of Lindale, Terry Phillips, Smith County Commissioner Precinct 3 and Leo Berman, State Representative. Mike Harper, Morning Announcer for KVNE 89.5 FM will play the feature role of the Roman Tax Collector in the Bethlehem scene. The Department of Public Safety and Smith County Sheriff's Office will be directing traffic as up to 3000 visitors are expected over the course of the three-night event.

As of this writing, five Lindale churches are partnering to welcome the public to the Drive-Thru Nativity -- Grace Community Church, Fellowship at Prairie Creek, First United Methodist, Lindale North Main Church of Christ and Christ Central Church. Others churches are joining the movement daily to feed the hungry and care for the sick in the Lindale with 10 to 15 expected to be involved.